Thread: 95 Waveraider 1100 Restoration
07-10-2012, 09:20 PM #1
95 Waveraider 1100 Restoration
I picked up a 95 Waveraider 1100 a few months ago. The ski only had 50 hours on it when the oil pump shaft broke and the lack of oil scored up the pistons and cylinder walls. The previous owner completely rebuilt the motor. It was bored out one size over. Wiseco pistons were installed. The head was sent to Riva for milling for 150psi. Every gasket was replaced and the carbs were rebuilt. The ski also came with a Protec extended nozzle and the oil pump was blocked off so premix must be run. Here is how the ski looked when I picked her up.
07-10-2012, 09:28 PM #2
07-10-2012, 09:33 PM #3
Although the plastic trim on this ski was in much better shape than most skis of this age, I decided to refinish it anyway. All the trim was removed from the ski and wet sanded with various grades of sandpaper until smooth. At first I painted some of the trim satin black, but I didn't like how it came out. I sanded it all back down and decided to rethink this. I found that Krylon has a line of paint called Fusion which is designed for plastic. The hyacinth blue color is a very close match to what I beleive the trim used to look like.
07-10-2012, 09:38 PM #4
The handlebar cover was badly faded but since it is flexible, I did not think paint would stick well to it. I found one in excellent shape on ebay and installed it, only to find a neoprene cover by Black Tip. I didn't really like the red seat cover. Looked too dated. A custom colored replacement was ordered from Black Tip.
07-10-2012, 09:53 PM #5
At this point felt the decals should be replaced to go with the rest of the cosmetic upgrades I did. Originally I thought about ordering a replacement set from a company I found, but I couldn't justify spending $250 on graphics and the original theme was just too 90's for me. They offered several other options but they were all expensive and nothing struck me. I decided to piece my own together from decals I found on Ebay. At the same time I read an article in Watercraft Superstore's magazine about restoring the hull's finish. Mine wasn't too bad, but I decided it would be a good time to do it as I would need to strip all the old decals off anyway. I ordered the Eclipse Gel Coat Restoration system from them. the hardest part was removing all the old decals. At first I tried goo gone and a pastic scraper, but quickly gave up. I remembered an old trick a body shop owner showed me once using a 3m stripe and adhesive removal wheel and a power drill. It was still a pain but it worked. Afterwards I wiped the entire hull down with goo gone to remove any remaining adhesive and washed it down before moving to the Eclipse Gel Coat Restoration kit.
07-10-2012, 09:56 PM #6
I thouroughly cleaned the entire hull with the provided fine scotcbrite pad and cleaning solution twice. Then gave it a good rinse and let it dry overnight. The next day I applied a total of 6 coats of the clear coat. It was pretty shiny after 2-3 coats but I went a bit overboard. Here is the ski all cleaned up and clear coated.
07-10-2012, 09:59 PM #7
Somewhere between the coats of clear drying I installed a 5 degree jet pump nozzle off a gp1200 and a Protec intake grate. Fogot to take pics of these but I will get some soon. Here is the final result with some decals applied.
07-10-2012, 10:04 PM #8
very nice raider, definitely looks much better without graphics..mine will be graphic less after i fix it..good to see some nice raiders around though.
07-10-2012, 10:05 PM #9
07-23-2012, 11:09 AM #10
Put in an Ocean Pro ride plate I picked up from another forum member for an awesome deal. I took it out late yesterday aftermnoon. Ski feels good but I can't say I can feel a difference. It was pretty choppy in the bay so hard to tell waht effect it had. Might turn faster, not sure yet.
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